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Riverside Military Academy's 3rd-place finish highlights Hall County schools' participation in GHSA track and field state meets
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Members of the Riverside Military Academy track and field team pose after placing 3rd in the 2019 GHSA track and field state meet in the A-Private schools classification at Berry College in Mount Berry. — Photo for The Times

Hall County athletes from several classification found success at this weekend’s GHSA outdoor track and field state meets. Riverside Military Academy led the way among local teams, following up last year’s state championship with a third-place finish among Class A-Private schools.

The Eagles finished among the top three programs in their classification despite losing Orlando Stevens — one of the school’s top track athletes — to injury earlier in the year.

“These kids could have folded, but they didn’t,” Riverside Military Academy coach Tim Cummings said of his team’s performance. “They sucked it up and PR’d at almost every event today. I could not be more proud of them.”

Isaac Teasley led the way for the Eagles, finishing first in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes. Teasley also took sixth in the triple jump, and was a member of Riverside Military Academy’s second-place 1600-meter relay team and seventh place 400-meter relay A team. Lamar Gordon and Wookdong Harry Kim claimed first and fifth in the discus, while Khalid Duke took second in the long jump, fourth in the triple jump and was a part of the 400-meter relay B team that finished eighth.

Shad Dabney placed fourth in the 100-meter dash and was also a member of the 400-meter relay A team. Jermaine Harris took fifth in the high jump and seventh in the 400-meter dash, while also participating on the 400-meter relay A team and the 1600-meter relay team. Philemon Nwosu ended up in fifth in the 110-meter hurdles, and Shinkwang Moon came in eighth in the pole vault.

The North Hall girls team had the second-best finish of all other participating Hall County squads, placing ninth in the 3A classification. Gracie McBride scored every Lady Trojans point with second-place efforts in the triple jump and the 100-meter hurdles.

North Hall’s boys also had a successful weekend, placing 11th in 3A. Devan Crow led the way for the Trojans, finishing first in the 1600-meter run and third in the 800-meter. Andrew Jones also contributed to the scoring effort, placing fifth in the 1600-meter and seventh in the 3200-meter. Chesley Kinney rounded out the scoring for the Trojans with a seventh-place mark in the 300-meter hurdles.

Elsewhere around the county, Gainesville ended up at 34th in 6A, getting its only three points from Makius Scott’s sixth-place finish in the shot put.

The West Hall boys team placed 24th in 4A, picking up its six points from Terrence Robinson’s third-place effort in the triple jump. West Hall’s girls finished tied for 15th, with Aaliyah James scoring all the team’s points by finishing second in the 200-meter dash and third in the 100-meter. Chestatee’s boys team tied for 30th overall in 4A thanks to Christian Charles’ fifth-place mark in the 200-meter dash.

Cherokee Bluff’s girls team slotted in at 21st in 3A, with Sierra Wainer finishing sixth and seventh in the 3200-meter and 1600-meter runs.

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